Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Altered Altoid

I used my tombstone finish as an Altoid Tin-Topper. 

The center stone is from Drac-in-the-Box
JCS Halloween 2013
I made up the other two tombstones.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Jo's April Ornament

I did rather struggle to find a tombstone I liked this month!  I'm not a fan of stitching them on their own but couldn't find a suitable larger pattern with one in.  I'd already stitched La Comtesse one that Kaye did!

So here is my work-around, the letter N from the Primitive Hare's Hallowe'en Cubes:

And here the four I have stitched so far:

They are all stitched on the same 32 count Vintage Grain linen, just photographed in different lights.

And here is La Comtesse's Haunted Castle:

Tombstone ornament

Here's my April ornie for a tombstone

Uh-Oh by Prairie Schooler, Heads Up leaflet

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Drawing a bit of a long bow ...

... on choosing my tombstone design for this month!

You see, I searched high and low for a tombstone design that I liked (unfortunately I didn't seem to see any of the lovely ones which have popped up on the blog this month).

But, in my searching, I found this wonderful free design by La Comtesse de la pointe de croix. She has an absolutely gorgeous blog and has a lot of wonderful free designs (nearly 150), so well worth a visit.

Now, if you look very closely on the left hand side, you can see some little crosses - they are my "tombstones".  Tiny, but they are there.

I finished it as a plain cushion with some leftover quilt fabric on the back.

Happy Halloween
La Comtesse de la pointe de la croix
32 ct Belfast Linen 
Hand dyed "Evening Sky"
GAST Royal Purple

I love this design and it was such a joy to stitch - I love the castle, especially.

                                                    hugs, Kaye (Kitten Stitching)

Monday, 27 April 2015

Many tombstones

My tombstones come from Prairie Schooler's Nevermore.

And so that you don't have to look it up, here is Nevermore all finished:

Sunday, 26 April 2015

April - Tombstones

This is my choice for April's theme of "tombstones".  I didn't have the recommended fabric or threads, so I substituted everything.  I think it turned out OK :)

"Not Forgotted" by Plum Street Samplers - stitched on a pale grey 36ct hand-dyed linen, with a mix of Belle Soie, Caron Collection Waterlilies and Silk 'n' Colors silk threads.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Lili's April Ornament

My April ornament!

Design: The Sampler Girl - Hannah Picket 1725.

Fabric: 40 count Light Mocha Linen
Threads:  DMC (my conversion)

(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Monday, 20 April 2015

Introduction to Jodi

Thanks so much for allowing me to join your group!  I have been looking around at all of the finishes.  Great work!  Here is one of my recent completed pieces.  Now I need to add some smalls and this group should help with that!

February and March ornies

Oh dear, I haven't done well at all so far keeping up with the SAL, thanks to some crazy working hours and no stitching mojo.  The last couple of weeks, though, I was determined to get some stitching under my belt, and what perfect way to get back into it than catching up on my Halloween SAL stitching.  I decided to work from a chart from The Prairie Schooler and stitched up the Skeleton and Owl from that pattern ... I think I could stitch from that chart all year long and fill in all the themes, I just love it! :)

Prairie Schooler - Skeleton & Owl

I'm struggling to find some fabric for my choice of design for April, but I'd better hurry up and find something soon, or I'll be doing April and May again next month!!

A Giant Happy Dance for me!

This isn't my April Ornie but it would make a good choice.

It's actually part of a much larger design I have been stitching since 2012 (gulp!).

To be fair, I didn't stitch much in 2012, 2013 or 2014.  I really started to focus on it in December 2014 and since then I have stitched a minimum of one strand of thread per evening.  This is a great way to make steady progress on a larger design.  Especially monochromes because you don't need to constantly change colour.  You just keep the chart, the fabric and a skein of thread in one bag and pick it up each evening. Or morning.  Or lunchbreak.  Whatever suits!

Prairie Moon - Thine is the Trick and the Treat
Stitched on 40 count hand-dyed evenweave using two strands of DMC 310

With my witchy thread holder (available from Primitive Hare)

And with my cone of DMC 310 (available from Crafty Kitten and other places too)

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Rita's April Tombstone

This is from one of the JCS ornament issues, designer Paulette Stewart.  There was an editing mistake and, although the picture was in the issue, the graph was not so it was a freebie for a while on the JCS website.  It called for 40 count fabric but I stitched it on 32.  A little on the big side for an ornament but I think it will still work.

I've been wanting to stitch this one ever since I saw it so this blog was a good excuse to stitch it.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Cheryl's April Tombstone Ornament

Hal O Ween by Nancy Boyarsky from JCS Oct 2014

I stitched the ghostie with glow-in-the-dark floss, and I added some gold and silver star sequins and beads. 

I also stitched this little freebie tombstone on 14 ct plastic canvas, added a ribbon loop and backed it with felt.
There are 4 little freebie tombstone patterns here: 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Better Late Than Never?

Hi Everyone,

I've been so delinquent with posts.  I did the stitching, was a little behind in finishing, and way behind in taking pictures and posting.  My January ornament is Boo from Lizzie Kate; February is Bad to the Bone from Sue Hillis, and March is Happy Owl O Ween by Needle Bling Designs. I enjoyed stitching them all!

Friday, 3 April 2015

Jo's March Ornament

I decided to stitch one of Just Nan's trio of Crowjackers for this month's choice.  This is Gasper Ghost riding his crow:

And because I had a little extra time I decided to stitch his two companions:

Beulah Witch

Jockey Jack

and all three together:

The plan is to make these into ornies along with the three Moonriders I stitched last year:



Thursday, 2 April 2015

Jacquie's March and April Design

Posting on behalf of Jacquie.

Hello, I thought I would stitch both March and April's designs all in one!  So firstly apologies that March is slightly late.

The design is an old design I found on someone's blog....I checked my source and unfortunately the address is no longer working...the design is stitched on cream 16 count Aida, all stitched with DMC threads.

Here is my stitch...